2 August 1795
On this date in 1795…
A hurricane wrecked a fleet of eighteen Spanish ships on CapeHatteras claiming the lives of all passengers and crew. Thousands of ships have wrecked of Cape Hatteras, earning it the name, “TheGraveyard of Ships.”
- 1776 – Members of the Continental Congress began adding their signatures to the Declaration of Independence.
- 1861 – The U.S. Congress passed the first income tax. The revenues it raised were intended to finance the war against the South. The tax was later ruled unconstitutional.
- 1938 – Experimental bright yellow baseballs were used in a major league baseball game between the Brooklyn Dodgers and the St. Louis Cardinals for better visibility.
- 1983 – U.S. House of Representatives approved a law that designated the third Monday of January would be a federal holiday in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The law was signed by President Reagon on November 2.
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